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September 15, 2010 / schulerbooks

Graphic Novels 9-15-10

September brings us back to school, and back to the Graphic Novels section of your local Schuler Books, where some amazing new titles – and old favorites – have rolled in for your enjoyment.

Warren Ellis’ dystopian symphony Transmetropolitan continues its reprint run with volume 8: Dirge. Spider Jerusalem and his associates have wounded the evil new President, but now he’s returning the favor. Invisible snipers and a climactic robot are unleashed on The City, and Spider learns he’s got a problem much worse than any grinning psychopath in power – one that’s unfolding in his own brain…

Speaking of psychopaths in power, now is the time of the Siege! The Marvel mega-event is now coming out in premiere hardcover format, presenting the senses-shattering Siege miniseries, itself, in which the massive plot threads presented in Civil War, Secret Invasion, and Dark Reign all stand up, fall down, and go BOOM – along with Asgard, HAMMER, the Dark Avengers, and a certain former (?) costumed villain’s public standing. If you’ve been following the numerous Bendis titles, you need to read Siege and its related collections.

Now is also the time of Katrina-related Graphic Novels. Josh Neufeld’s excellent A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is now available in quality paperback, and Mat Johnson’s Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story has just been released in hardcover. Neufeld uses real stories to portray the plight of those who stayed or left, the horrors they faced there, and the challenges they found when they came back home. Johnson, alternatively, uses the tragedy as backdrop for a multifaceted crime story, where a down on his luck ex-con is given a chance to restart his stalled life, provided he can go back to N.O. and do a job that his former, morally questionable employers may have already beaten him to. Both works are well-told and excellently-illustrated, and very timely additions to the national conversation about the government’s response to Katrina, and its aftermath.

Speaking of aftermath, how about a zombie apocalypse? The Walking Dead is still going strong, 12 collections in, and soon to be a TV show on AMC. There’s also Night of the Living Dead, the graphic novel of Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, and Garth Ennis’ amazingly horrifying Crossed, which makes the horror and gruesome depravity of The Walking Dead look like “Sesame Street.” And there’s also DC’s magnificent Blackest Night saga, spinning from Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern, in which the dead of the DC Universe are reanimated by the mysterious Black Lantern, and set on their living friends and family… creepy superpowered fun!

Other Graphic Novels to check out: A God Somewhere, Blacksad, The Mighty (complete in two volumes), Tumor

Other ongoing series you need to be reading: The Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, BPRD, Days Missing, DMZ, Ex Machina, Fables, Freakangels, Irredeemable, Locke & Key, Marvel Zombies, Northlanders, Scalped, Thor, The Unwritten, Wolverine: Origins

(And when you come in, always, Always, ALWAYS be sure to look in the used section for graphic novels! You might be surprised at some of the gems that are available for truly amazing prices…)

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